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06 May 2021, 13:21

Mezentsev hits back critics of Victory Day parades

Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in Russia
Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in Russia

MOSCOW, 6 May (BelTA) – Victory Day is a rating scale of sorts to assess personal qualities of every person, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State Dmitry Mezentsev said when asked what he would tell people who oppose holding military parades and who call to celebrate Victory Day more modestly, BelTA has learned.

“Do they suggest that we forget our grandfathers and fathers and work only for tasty food, comfort, a good car, and a trip to the seaside? Is this life? Or should life be commensurable with the feat of the past? To my mind, the answer is obvious. Such questions come straight from the devil. The greatness of the feat makes us think about how we live today and whether we would act as bravely when faced what our ancestors did in 1941, when the war came to our land, to Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic states, Moldova. We should not forget this. Maybe, Victory Day is a means to evaluate each of us,” Dmitry Mezentsev said.

Efforts to preserve the memory of the feat of the Soviet people during the Great Patriotic War are in focus of the Union State, he noted. “And it will remain so, because this topic should not be forgotten or neglected,” Dmitry Mezentsev stressed. “Even matters of economic integration and the general agenda, which is expanding, cannot override (we will not let this happen) the matters connected with the preserving of the memory and truth about the feat of the Soviet people,” he believes.

On 6 May, Dmitry Mezentsev together with Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on behalf of the Belarusian Embassy in Russia and the Union State Standing Committee.

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